Power and status do strange things to leaders. These elements sometimes fill them with self-importance and a feeling of superiority over others. When a powerful and status-conscious leader feels particularly comfortable with themselves, they often say things to others they really shouldn’t.
We took 15 minutes to unpack this Field Notes entry in this audio discussion:
The best leader I've seen do this was Greg Lucier, former CEO of Invitrogen/Life Technologies. No matter the organizational level or amount of experience of the person he interacted with, he'd speak to them with the same dignity and respect. He is someone who pops into my mind frequently as I work through the Admired Leadership curriculum.
Another reason to remain humble and be mindful of self-serving bias (Turner and West. 2019).
Thank you for your time and wisdom.
Hope everyone has a nice weekend.